Organic Argan oil is used by the locals in Morocco for its ability to sooth rheumatic problems and to help heal scars, among many other beneficial qualities. Argan oil today is one of the hottest beauty products on the market, however, the quality varies, as does the price. With few regulations guiding the ‘certified bio’ classification, one really has to know their Argan oil facts to be sure it’s the real deal, especially when you don’t live in Morocco. Here’s what to look for when buying organic Moroccan Argan oil, whether you’re out for its healing powers, or hunting for a new nutty flavour for your culinary adventures.
Colour and Consistency:
True organic Argan oil should be clear, although slightly light dullish yellow in colour. Anything too golden may show signs of tampering, that the Argan oil has been mixed with other oil varieties to keep costs low. After all, 30 kilograms of nuts are required to produce one kilogram of oil. The oil should be rather light when applied to the skin, and even though the skin may not absorb it quickly, over time it will and it should not leave behind a thick oily residue.
Price and Packaging:
As with concerns over purchasing edible goods in a plastic container, it’s best to buy and store Argan oil in a glass bottle to avoid any contamination from the plastics. Organic Argan oil does not come cheaply, as a lot of process goes into creating such a fine oil. So if you happen to find 100ml bottle of pure organic Moroccan Argan oil for only £10 or less, then it most definitely can’t be organic or pure, unless the company is ready to loose on a lot of money doing this.
For cosmetic purposes, the Argan seed should be cold pressed to produce the oil; this is to retain the oil’s high Vitamin E properties. The fruit, a treat for the goats that roam the region and climb the Argan trees, was previously only compressed after the fruit passed through the goat’s digestive system and collected from its dung. Today, the process is much more hygienic, with technology streamlining the process from the time the fruit is collected by Moroccan Berber women.
Know your brands:
South West of Morocco produces the best Argan oil, where the highest standards are used to produce the finest cosmetic and culinary oils. The company’s oil must also be certified organic based on international standards, and a pure organic Argan oil bottle should display this.
Culinary vs Cosmetic:
It is possible to use cold-pressed pure Argan oil for both cosmetic and culinary purposes by using the raw kernels, however toasted Argan kernels are used only to produce culinary oils. With its smooth, nutty taste, organic culinary Argan oil is perfect for cooking, dipping your bread into, drizzled over your salads or grilled vegetables. Research has shown that it is effective in cholesterol reduction and aids in digestion. It also has many other great benefits for the body.
So make sure you know what you are buying is genuine. You don’t want to be disappointed, even when you see the price is high and think it’s organic and pure, to find out that it’s not working the way it should.
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